The increased rates of female education and economic participation have gradually brought a change in women’s position in business. More women are attempting to be employers like entrepreneurs and business leaders rather than working in hired positions. According to a report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), 163 million women were estimated to start or run new businesses in around 74 economies in 2016. Despite the upward trend and women’s greater involvement in the market, their visibility is still much lower compared with their male business counterparts. One of the possible ways to promote female-run businesses is to support women in developing good business models. For entrepreneurs setting up a business, the importance of a business model cannot be overemphasized. Currently, however, most female entrepreneurs are associated with the wholesale and retail industry in SME family businesses, which are run by traditional handover practices from predecessors. Especially, rural women’s active participation in business significantly affects household income generation, which contributes to improving the livelihoods of families.
In this regard, this course is designed to build the capabilities of female agri-entrepreneurs as CEOs, managerial professionals, and agribusiness enterprise operators contributing to prospering rural economies.